Decluttering: Peace with your stuff

Manuela Höfner is a decluttering coach. The many facets of her story are utterly fascinating. She started out as a tax advisor. After happily helping people with their tax for 25 years she noticed that those who had their documentation in order were MUCH happier than those with lots of bits of paper stuffed in … Read moreDecluttering: Peace with your stuff

Wizards and Prophets

A book review: The Wizard and the Prophet by Charles C. Mann (2018) Summary: The book describes the lives and perspectives of two American researchers as archetypes of different ways to view the future. Those who believe in a future through growth and technology (what we would later call “techno-optimism”): the Wizards; and those who … Read moreWizards and Prophets

Beauty and value in the modern age

“Quality … you know what it is, yet you don’t know what it is. But that’s self-contradictory. Some things are better than others, that is, they have more quality. But when you try to say what the quality is, apart from the things that have it, it all goes Poof! – Robert Pirsig, Zen and … Read moreBeauty and value in the modern age

Waterframework Directive- explained

On rare occasions, governments listen to their electorate. The actual people that elected them and whose wishes they were supposed to uphold against the interests of special interest groups.  The EU occasionally asks its citizens what is important to them. Like recently, when an overwhelming majority said they could do without daylight savings. 80% of … Read moreWaterframework Directive- explained

Plant based diet 101

When choosing how I eat, I looked at the data and statistically those who eat a mostly vegetable based diet with some fish live the longest of all diets. Also, a plant based diet is good for the planet by reducing the forest area cleared for pasture and enabling other uses for land currently growing fodder … Read morePlant based diet 101

Catchment Restoration of the Emscher

The “Emscher Umbau” project is a unique river restoration project. The timeframe and budget are mind boggling: 30 years of planning and construction, 4.5 billion € total budget to date. The river runs through one of the most densely populated areas in Europe with long industrial heritage. It’s a project for a whole generation. One … Read moreCatchment Restoration of the Emscher